Peaky Blinders star Sophie Rundle has revealed she was back at work on the drama just four weeks after giving birth.
Sharing a photo on Instagram of herself in costume as Ada Shelby with her newborn son lying next to her in a behind-the-scenes snap from the BBC crime epic, Rundle admitted it was the "most exhausting and challenging" thing she'd ever done, but had no regrets about seeing it out.
In the picture, the actor is changing her son's nappy in what she describes as a "sleep deprived and slightly delirious" state, sharing her sadness that the show has now ended after six series.
She wrote: "I went back to work on Peaky Blinders four weeks after giving birth to my son. This is me - sleep deprived and slightly delirious changing a nappy in my trailer in between scenes.
"It’s been the most exhausting and challenging thing I’ve ever done but worth it to finish off this bats**t crazy, brilliant show and say goodbye to this character that I love so much."
Praising her caring colleagues, she continued: "To the Peaky cast and crew who welcomed me and my little one back into the fold and pretended not to notice my impossibly deep eye bags - thank you.
"So long Ada. l will miss your wild Shelby gypsy heart, your don’t fuck with me attitude and your fabulous wardrobe. It’s been a ride."
Peaky Blinders director Anthony Byrne commented: "You’re amazing Sophie. It’s been a great pleasure working with you on these scenes. You’re the real deal and today was like being at a muddy Glasto. A very bougie, Shelby festival."
Line of Duty star Martin Compston, who filmed drama series The Nest with Rundle in 2019 shortly after welcoming his own baby son, wrote: "Immense pal what a show. And now you know only too well my exhilaration/exhaustion during ze Nest filming."
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